Saturday, 8 October 2016

How do we see?

Ibn al Haytham a study of how we see
Throughout the history of early Science and Mathematics, many Muslims made great progress in these fields, forming a foundation which we continue to study even today.

One of these founding fathers of scientific learning, was a man named al-Hasan Ibn al-Haytham, born in Iraq almost a thousand years ago. He is said in fact, to be one of the first scientists, famous for discovering how vision works.

To cut a long story short, he was sat in his dark room one day, when a small hole let through some light. He spotted projected onto his wall an upside down image of outside.
After making further observations through scientific experimentations, he concluded that light travels in straight lines, and this light coming through the hole and projecting onto the wall demonstrated how vision works.

We have begun a project with some other home schooled girls about sight, starting with a brief study of Ibn al-Haytham, since he was the first to make this amazing discovery to explain how we see.

One of the things Ibn al-Haytham did, was make a small box, which has become known as the camera obscura. One side of the box was a thin sheet of paper, with a small pin hole in the side directly opposite. He used this box to test his ideas, directing the pin hole towards three lit candles, allowing him to see projected onto the paper side, an upside down image of the light!

How we see - home made camera obscura You can find many instructions online to make your own camera obcsura; I used the one given in the 1001 inventons teachers pack.

You need to be careful when viewing the candle, as the pin hole really needs to face the candle light, and ideally the darker the room the better.
You are not going to see a crystal clear picture, however you will see an upside down image of the candle light shape.
I found that we had to either cup our hands around our camera obscura viewing and eye, so that no extra light would get into our vision, or wait until after margin and view with all the lights out. But it does work Alhamdulillah!

To prepare our learning, I used 1001 Inventions: Muslim Heritage in our world, which provides a look at contributions made in various areas including home, school and medicine. National Geographic also released earlier this summer a small book for children about Ibn al-Haytham. Although simple in writing, this was a great resource and certainly helped my children bring the story of Ibn al-Haytham to life.
There is also a short documentary I believe produced by Al-Jazeera over on youtube, which shows how Ibn al-Haytham's discovery of light works and shows you how a room in your house can be made into your very own camera obscura to view outside! (discussion about Ibn al-Haytham begins from about 6min 30 sec)

If you are interested in making your own study, to accompany the 1001 Inventions book, there is a free teacher guide PDF, which will help you plan a lesson and activities to go along with your learning, as well as a website dedicated to Ibn al Haytham.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Viewing onion cells with a kids microscope

viewing onion cells with a kids microscope
Last week we tried something, that if I am completely honest, I did not expect to work.....we've tried many things that we've seen online and often not quite got the same results.

Alhamdulillah, this was not one of those occasions, and indeed was a huge boost to home schooling morale.......we saw onion our kitchen......with a microscope!

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Ready for action...

muslim homeschool

I've been out of sync for a while.....a very long while the point its probably quite dangerous!
Our home schooling ventures have taken a back seat certainly over the past few months, and with that, the pressure to be secondary level ready over the upcoming year inshaAllah is etching itself deep into my consciousness!

Alhamdulillah, I have had what feels like a tirade of difficult situations over the past few years. Like each one of you reading this, we all have various struggles behind our closed doors.
I have faced some real obstacles, and I've been knocked off my feet a number of times. But now its time to dust myself off, stand and roll up my sleeves, put everything aside and remind myself why I am home educating...because I think I forgot for a time too long.

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Getting ready for back to school.... reorganisation!

getting ready for back to (home)-school ......reorganisation!

Is anybody still there???
Its been rather a while since I last hopped on! I hope everyone had a beneficial Ramadan and an enjoyable E'id.

Here we are now, heading into the middle of July and I am itching to get back to our studies inshallah...although my girls may not be...they have certainly enjoyed the time off!

We don't typically do a great deal of home schooling over Ramadan. To be honest, its been a good couple of months since we have actually home schooled (ssshhh don't tell anyone!)

Friday, 8 April 2016

A new beginning is approaching...

The decision to continue to home educate or enter school
Never in my wildest dreams did I ever want to home educate! Never!
When my eldest was born we knew that State School would not be an option .....but to home school way!
However, when we moved cities, and met the home educating community here, my eyes were opened and it seemed like the obvious thing to do Alhamdulillah!
I remember it took around a year before we made the official decision to take full responsibility for the education of our family. And when we did, it was nerve-racking!

I sit here now, more than 5 years on, with only 1 year left of my eldest's primary school education and I have 2 thoughts......

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Multiplication facts.....sorted!

Multiplication fact cards review
Anyone who has read my blog from the beginning knows, my eldest is not the biggest maths fan that ever lived! If she had it her way, she would never look at another number again!
Unfortunately, we can not survive without maths in the big wide world, therefore I have to embrace the maths phobia battle with my little darling, because quite frankly, it just has to be done!

The difference between knowing your times tables and not knowing them, is like eating fish with or without bones! .....I am sure this puzzles you...

Monday, 21 March 2016

Bi-lingual Arabic-English tracing board book review

arabic - english letter tracing board book
If you are tired of printing off tracing worksheets, and having mounds of paper thrown into the bin, then please allow me to introduce to you this wipe able board book from Fun Tree Books, who kindly offered to send me a copy to review.

I've seen many of these type of letter tracing workbooks, and initially thought it wouldn't be much different to what I've already come across and used in the past. However (and here is where the famous "but" comes in!).....I was genuinely surprised when I opened the package shipped all the way from the US!

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Arabic detached pronouns worksheet printable

If you follow us on Facebook, then you will have seen the download link for this Arabic detached pronouns printable, exclusively on our page a couple of weeks ago!
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Back to the reason for this post! A simple colour in vocabulary folder to help learn the Arabic detached pronouns.

Monday, 18 January 2016

Printable Moon and Sun letter worksheet folder for kids!

You might remember a couple of weeks ago we posted a free printable Arabic Moon and Sun letter poster? From that, we have put together a quick worksheet style folder to help kids practice their learning of these letters and their different rules inshallah.

Friday, 15 January 2016

Loop Scheduling for home school....getting things done calmly!

loop scheduling for home school

Who likes treasure??? ...A little piece of informational treasure I came across recently is loop scheduling. ....a way to still get everything you want to get done "done" inshallah, but with a lot of the pressure and stress gone! ....its simple!
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